Elephant Hill Hieronymus 2018, Hawke’s Bay

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 03-Sep-2021
Full, ruby-red with an inky black core, lighter on the rim with a purple hue. The nose is voluminous and bright, with succulent aromas of cassis, red plums, blackberries, enriched by spicy cedar, tobacco, underlying black minerals, vine leaf, menthol and liquorice. Full-bodied, the palate is lush and salivating, showing densely knitted aromas of cassis, red plums, black and red berries entwined with fragrant spices of vanilla, cardamom, nutmeg, along with cedar and savoury minerals; subtle underlay of vine leaf, liquorice and menthol added interested, harmoniously layered. The fruit is framed by a firm yet delicate, velvety, fine-grained tannin structure, and the integrated, salivating acidity carries the flavours with great power and energy through the palate to a long, sustained closing. This is a harmonious, opulent Cabernet blend with excellent flavour complexity and structure, succulent fruit and vitality. Match with roasted lamb shoulder and beef with truffle sauce over the next 15-20 years. 100% Gimblett Gravels fruit, 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec. Fermented to 13.5% alc, aged in French oak barriques 22 months, 70% new oak. 350 cases produced. 19.5-/20 pts (97 pts) Sept 2021 RRP $120

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